Wednesday, November 4, 2015

tribute #287 - Mrs. Martin

bless her, she hired me
with doubts intact.

all my answers were:
yes, I can. laundry?
ironing? cleaning?

I'd never touched
an iron or machine.

I burned straight thru
her nightgown.

she knew: everyone's got to
have a start sometime.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

anecdote #299 - boys

in the parking lot
at the feed mill
two skateboarders
yelled, "old man"
at my father. he
gripped the wheel
shook from the hands
through all of him
tore off on foot
after them as
they laughed.
do they recall?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

collective #91 - general public

broadcasting by blogs, photos, social media
situates interactions in cold interstitial space
not intimate, connected, compassionate hover.

why should they surprise me with failures
to engage, indifferent remarks? we aren't
allies, never were. offer energy to tribe instead.

wherever they may be.

Friday, March 13, 2015

anecdote #298 - S

goodbyes aren't always coded clearly.
when she strained, emphatic: how I'd
always matter, she'd always support me.
mute, didn't know what to make of it.

that was goodbye. that was her final
letting go, not the holding on it seemed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

anecdote #297 - the old neighbours

heard emotional meltdowns
volume-cranked articulate insecurities

her husband's walk to cool off,
read each walk as quieter version of,

shale sheared from the ideal of her
wider range. they won't implode.

"such displays" — my prudence.
managing best they can, too.

Friday, March 6, 2015

anecdote #296 - C

ah, look in there. heart fists
cramps. competitive. bitter.
earnest need to beat her

at scrabble. means something
more when it's her. grudge.
is she iconic of a group?

what's that about heart?
ego, identity seems pinned
tight for win.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

tribute # 286: Talus Taylor

Barbapapa, innocent safe.
He and Tison made a world
of constant picnics, riverside
community, painting and play
becoming whatever you wanted
as a lark. be a lark, a fish, a boat.
joyful interactions. face value, this.
messages of protecting good.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

anecdote #295 -CanDoA

newbie, utter new to idea
of writing but on fire.
can you do anything?

even open heart surgery?
yes (she must assures herself
libraries must have a book)

I've had students with
decades more skill and
education, but they quail.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

collective #90 - quiet ones

need to retune attention towards quiet ones
who don't click
as if forcing mismatched jigsaw pieces

not seeking to close on my usefulness,
open palmed, they could take or
leave me.

quiet, not self-divulging but
solid, cautious to draw out.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

anecdote #294 - hygienist (1990s)

my jaws open for longer,
wider than ever. then
the way she asked if I
would want lip balm.

how she smoothed it on
the sympathy of her face.
was I ashen, shaking?
a wave of compassion
energy, almost visible.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

anecdote #293 - craft person

still carrying her
how she tore into me
plaintive about how I was
stealing food from her mouth
by documenting the fair I organized
by photographing a room her crafts were in.
I can't let crazy people rule my future.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

tribute #285 - M

was a mix of hanging out, joking
with an annual proposition. now that.
the rest fallen away.

his identity is horny. nothing personal.
part of him *shrug* but if that's all I get to see
there's no gain for me.

Monday, September 8, 2014

anecdote #292: H

crossfired. H loaded one word
used to accuse me of illiteracy/infinite stupidity.

unfair this explosion at me as intolerable
should be H's whole legacy.

one withering echoes another withering like a flank
H battled chaos towards one correct thing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

anecdote # 291- Palestine's blogger (1.5 post)

I assumed she meant Palestine/Israel
but maybe she meant Palestine, Texas.

I found it like a train-wreck — her talk
of PTA-meeting blowouts, husband, gossip,

kid acting out, doing flower arranging
cooking and never a political edge

how could she omit the landmines
soldiers, bombs, raids but then

in my daily reports how do I omit
muted on wrongs, injustices?

Monday, August 18, 2014

tribute #284 - Ramsey

Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares is a reality check. You can work sloppily in a field for years without foundational knowledge or skill. Continuing is proof of nothing. Small commitment to learn, small returns. Best practice doesn't need invention but application.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

anecdote #290 - L

pressed for time together
and I deflected. fond of L
but busy. I didn't realize
bond establishments needed
intense rapid contact then
I could be put on a schedule
of relationship maintenance.
missed that window. L's
busy. "we're" "at sea".